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Who is Naum Gabo?

Naum Gabo was a sculptor and painter. Gabo studied medicine and natural science, then philosophy and art history, and he also took engineering classes. Early in his life he changed his name to Gabo in order to distinguish himself from his brother Antoine Pevsner, a painter. Gabo was one of the leading figures of Constructivism, the international movement grown out of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Broadly speaking, the Constructivists wanted to create an art for the masses, using industrially produced materials and employing abstract, geometrical shapes that could be universally understood.

About this work

Gabo was the first artist to use Perspex, often in conjunction with thin nylon filament. These materials allowed him to create ethereal structures that set up engaging conversations between solidity and lightness, mass and void, movement and stillness, transparency and density.

Construction in Space: Suspended is typical of Gabo’s practice of working in series, progressively refining an initial idea. Nineteen variations of the piece exist. This version was made for his daughter, Nina, as a present for her 21st birthday. The inscription on the metal cradle reads: ‘FOR NINA FROM / (in Cyrillic) PAPA / Gabo’.